After tons of speculation about Ann Curry’s future as co-host/co-anchor of NBC’s morning show Today, Curry announced this morning on the show that today is her last day on Today.
The goal of this article is to confuse you by saying the word “today” more than it is necessary.
“This is not easy to say,” Curry said on the show as she choked back tears, “This is going to be my last morning as a regular co-host of Today.”
After 15 years on the show - one year in her current position as co-host - Curry's departure comes as something as a surprise. I don’t want to call it “getting fired” but the resentment in her voice as she announced her exit was evident.
“It’s not how I expected to ever leave this couch after 15 years…” says Curry.
However, they are giving her a new role at NBC News and her new title is the wordy, “Today Anchor at Large and National and International Correspondent for NBC News.”
Basically, what I think this means is…every once in a while, after Matt Lauer wraps up an interview with Justin Bieber, tosses it to a segment with Al Roker about gluten free cookies, they cut to a special segment with Ann Curry, where she is attempting to get an interview with a warlord in Uganda, and then they cut back to Matt Lauer in the studio who is now doing a segment on how to save money on Christmas decorations by buying them in July.
Curry ended her going away speech with, “For those of you that saw me as a groundbreaker, I’m sorry I couldn’t carry the ball over the finish line, but man, I did try!”
Whether or not you found Ann Curry a suitable co-host on Today, you can’t deny this was an extremely sad and heartfelt goodbye, especially since Curry told USA Today that this was her “dream job.”
As for rumors that she’s getting paid $10 million a year in her new role for NBC News, she told the publication, “I can say that I’d love to earn that much,” but admits that those reports are wrong.
It’s probably not $10 million, but after 15 years at a network, it’s still a very nice salary. They are essentially bribing her to leave Today.
She also lamented that they didn’t give her enough time to prove herself as a new co-host.
“I just finished my freshman year as co-host. In every single co-host’s first year, there have been kinks to be worked out,” says Curry.
But when asked if she was given enough time to work out those kinks? Her response, “No, I do not.”
Her new job will have her producing network specials and pieces for NBC Nightly News, Dateline, Rock Center and Today, and she’ll occasionally fill in as anchor on Nightly News.